October 2019 News

Oct 14

The state of Minnesota awarded $10.9 million in job training grants to 42 agencies this month as part of its effort to boost wages and skill sets among people of color, immigrants and inmates and to reduce economic disparities that are among the worst in the nation.

The Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity program grants range in size from $63,000 to $450,000 and are “part of our equity goal,” said Hamse Warfa, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota received $350,000.

Oct 8

There is a growing population of East African families coming from refugee camps to Minnesota, especially to the southern-most counties including Le Sueur, Nicollet, and Blue Earth. The Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network (HAARAN) estimated that in 2017 there were 200 families in the Saint Peter and Mankato areas supporting 65 elders, ages 50 and over. These elderly people are experiencing social isolation, depression and post-traumatic stress from their experiences in the refugee camps.

September 2019 News

Sep 20

Michael Huray has been named Chief Financial Officer for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. Effective October 1, he will be responsible for Finance, Accounting, Information Technology and Property Management.  

Sep 1

Like many proud mothers, Cassidy Stumm has a social media profile that’s full of “aw”-inducing photos of the 27-year-old cuddling her baby girl. 

Amidst images of her daughter’s baptism and first birthday party, a picture of Cassidy — lifting up the laughing baby — is superimposed with the words: “I am touched by adoption.” 

Cassidy, you see, doesn’t live with her daughter, Grace, who is 1 1/2 years old.

Grace lives with her adoptive parents in the Twin Cities. But because the adoption is an open one, Cassidy is still allowed to be a part of her daughter’s life. 

August 2019 News

Aug 23

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) named Juliana Keen Senior Director of Advocacy. In her new role, Juliana will oversee Lutheran Social Service’s state and national advocacy initiatives for policies that advance the organization’s vision that all people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.

Aug 15

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Complications from diabetes can bring about kidney failure, blindness, stroke and many other serious health issues. Simple lifestyle changes can make a powerful difference for those living with diabetes. To help local citizens address this important health issue, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is partnering with Juniper, a service of Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging, to host Living Well with Diabetes in New Ulm.

Aug 12
Today, Governor Tim Walz appointed Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, as the new Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, effective September 3. “Serving as the CEO for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been among the greatest joys of my life,” Harpstead said. “I can accept this appointment because LSS is strong and healthy. I am so proud of this organization – our employees, volunteers and supporters – who are deeply dedicated to the LSS vision that all people have the opportunity to live and work in community, with full and abundant lives.”
Aug 6

 Friends in the Kitchen (FIK) will celebrate its one-year anniversary Thursday, August 8.

Over the past 12 months, FIK presenter Evelyn Fowler of Winsted, and assistant Janna Stigen of Cokato have presented 36 recipes, taste-tested by participants.

Friends in the Kitchen is a free program offered by Lutheran Social Services to anyone age 55 and older. There is no fee to attend.